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Queen Anne’s Lace

Posted on September 7th, 2013 by Wilma

Daucus Carota a.k.a. Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace. It sounds so formal. In the US it’s used as a common  for Daucus Carota. I never realized that this was related to carrots … the type we eat. It’s actually an edible plant, but since it looks very much like Hemlock, I’m not going to try it.

I enjoy photographing it . With a wide aperture the out of focus areas make the most dynamic shapes. When it’s all curled up like this, I love purposefulness of it all.

At first I thought it was the same as what is commonly known in Dutch as “Fluitekruid”. Cow Parsley in English. They’re related, but not the same. The relative I know from my youth in the Netherlands is Anthriscus Sylvestris.

 

Daucus Carota on Wikipedia

Anthriscus Sylvestris on Wikipedia

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Kratt Brothers – Brookfield Zoo, June 10, 2012

Posted on June 26th, 2012 by Wilma

On June 10, 2012, Chris and Martin Kratt visited Brookfield Zoo (located in the Chicago suburbs). They had visited in June of 2011 as well, attracting a huge number of fans. This may have prompted the Chicago Zoological Society to repeat this!

The brothers displayed great stamina and enthusiasm in very hot weather. Running around with backpacks on their back and sweating their way through the two energetic stage shows.

After the second show they stuck around for hours, meeting their young fans and signing autographs. They must have been hot, sitting under a canopy in the heat of the afternoon, but they were just as excited to see their 30th fan as they were to see the first one. I’m not sure how many autographs they signed. In 2012 we were in line for about 4 hours to meet Martin. This year (due to better planning) we waited for a little over 1 hour to get a picture with Chris and get his autograph as well.

The show was fun enough, but I’d love to see them interact with a (zoo?) animal on stage as well. Education is what they do so very well.


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